Tighter Regulations Proposed in Ongoing Gun Debate
Every state in the country requires the same federal background check on all customers buying guns through licensed gun dealers. And every background check done throughout Nevada goes through the same office in Carson City.
"We have about a half dozen staff on each shift and they have been going through close to 600 a day for weeks now," says the Chief of the Division of Records and Technology, Pat Conmay.
But if a one person sells a gun to another it's a person-to-person sale and it is not subject to a background check at all. That is the case for some of the gun shows that come to town. And gun dealers say it's something that needs to be changed.
"More than 50% of the guns at a gun show are private sales," says Jim Harwin, who runs the Safe Shot Gun Range in south Reno. "Seriously, if there is a show and a 1,000 guns are sold 500 of them are sold without a background check. Which is an easy way for a gun to get into the wrong hands."
Changing the laws to require more checks would add to the load in Carson City, but some argue it would be worth the price. Vice President Joe Biden will take that idea into consideration, and the idea of a universal time frame from buying a gun to taking it home as he puts together his plan on changing the nation's gun policy. He's expected to present it at the end of the month.